Felix Austin | cricket20
The Sri Lankan Cricket Board has agreed to allow its cricketers to continue playing in the IPL instead of preparing for the start of their tour of England.
The board had originally asked its players to return home on Thursday, May 5th but after talks with the BCCI it has agreed to allow the player to remain in India for another two weeks.
Instead of preparing for the tour in Sri Lankan the players will now join up with the squad ahead of the second warm-up match against the England Lions on Tuesday, May 19th.
The World Cup runners up are due to depart on Tuesday, May 10th for the tour which includes three Test matches, five ODI’s and one t20 international.
"For the past two months or so they have been playing one-day and t20 cricket and it is time they switched on to playing the longer game," said Sri Lankan chairman of selectors, Duleep Mendis.
"The first half of the English summer is not going to be easy and we want the players to report for training and to concentrate on getting used to the change of playing white balls to red," he added.
With the board backing down many of Sri Lanka’s top cricketers will now be free to continue playing in the IPL for another two weeks.
The players who were affected included new skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (Deccan Chargers), Mahela Jayawardene (Kochi Tuskers), Suraj Randiv (Chennai Super Kings), Nuwan Kulasekara (Chennai Super Kings), Dilhara Fernando (Mumbai Indians), Lasith Mallinga (Mumbai Indians), Angelo Mathews (Pune Warriors) and Thisara Perera (Kochi Tuskers).